Professional Learning Science Specialist (12-month contract, $70/hour, 20 hours/week)
ABOUT KHAN ACADEMY
Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization on a mission to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. We already reach millions of students every month and are growing rapidly, and right now we’re hard at work helping learners address any unfinished learning that the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused. We also know that not all communities have been impacted equally by this pandemic, which makes our work focusing on providing equitable solutions to historically under-resourced communities even more important.
WE ARE DRIVEN BY OUR COMMUNITY
Our students, teachers, and parents come from all walks of life and so do we. We are fun, diverse, quirky people that come from a variety of backgrounds. Our team includes people from academia and from high tech companies and tiny startups. We hire great people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. Valuing diversity, equity and inclusion is necessary for us to actualize our mission and truly impact the communities we serve. We believe that the best way to provide impactful education is to create a diverse team of people from different backgrounds, races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and experiences. We’re a hardworking team that’s passionate about helping learners and teachers around the globe! We strive to be world class in investing in our people and commit to developing you as a professional.
Khan Academy is looking for a Professional Learning Science Specialist who is excited to join a small team working on a big goal. Applicants should be passionate about developing high quality instructional materials to support science educators. Applicants should have a background in 9-12 teaching and developing and delivering professional learning content.
Working closely with the Leader of Professional learning and with members of Khan Academy's content team, this individual will create world-class resources for use in US science classrooms, including lesson plans, teacher facing instructional resources, and classroom implementation strategies.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
- Collaborate with science content creators to create teacher facing instructional resources for Khan Academy courses
- Develop high quality resources to support learning in science classrooms
- Apply knowledge of andragogy to design course guides and learning materials to support teachers with delivering content
- Create and maintain resources to support classroom instruction
- Deliver engaging, high-quality live and recorded professional development experiences to educators to support them with using Khan Academy courses
YOU WOULD BE A GREAT FIT IF YOU HAVE
- 10+ years of experience teaching science in a 9-12 setting
- 3+ years of experience in developing high quality professional development resources
- Deep knowledge of science concepts in physical and/or Earth science
- Experience using Khan Academy in the classroom with students
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
- A passion for creating teacher and student facing resources
- Excellent organizational skills - ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently, from start to finish
- Strong project management skills. Ability to meet deadlines and work independently.
- Strong technology skills including ed tech tools, video recording software, live video-conferencing tools, & Google Workplace tools
- Ability to work remotely
MORE ABOUT US
- Sal’s TED talk from 2011
- Sal’s TED talk from 2015
- Our team: http://www.khanacademy.org/about/the-team
OUR COMPANY VALUES
Live & breathe learners
We deeply understand and empathize with our users. We leverage user insights, research, and experience to build content, products, services, and experiences that our users trust and love. Our success is defined by the success of our learners and educators.
Take a stand
As a company, we have conviction in our aspirational point of view of how education will evolve. The work we do is in service to moving towards that point of view. However, we also listen, learn and flex in the face of new data, and commit to evolving this point of view as the industry and our users evolve.
Embrace diverse perspectives
We are a diverse community. We seek out and embrace a diversity of voices, perspectives and life experiences leading to stronger, more inclusive teams and better outcomes. As individuals, we are committed to bringing up tough topics and leaning into different points of view with curiosity. We actively listen, learn and collaborate to gain a shared understanding. When a decision is made, we commit to moving forward as a united team.
Work responsibly and sustainably
We understand that achieving our audacious mission is a marathon, so we set realistic timelines and we focus on delivery that also links to the bigger picture. As a non-profit, we are supported by the generosity of donors as well as strategic partners, and understand our responsibility to our finite resources. We spend every dollar as though it were our own. We are responsible for the impact we have on the world and to each other. We ensure our team and company stay healthy and financially sustainable.
Bring out the joy
We are committed to making learning a joyful process. This informs what we build for our users and the culture we co-create with our teammates, partners and donors.
Cultivate learning mindset
We believe in the power of growth for learners and for ourselves. We constantly learn and teach to improve our offerings, ourselves, and our organization. We learn from our mistakes and aren’t afraid to fail. We don't let past failures or successes stop us from taking future bold action and achieving our goals.
We insist on high standards and deliver delightful, effective end-to-end experiences that our users can rely on. We choose to focus on fewer things — each of which aligns to our ambitious vision — so we can deliver high-quality experiences that accelerate positive measurable learning with our strategic partners.
We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.